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“Poor Value for Money”

Battersea Park Children's Zoo
Ranked #379 of 1,736 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: There's a world of enjoyment at Battersea Park Children's Zoo. From feeding the farm animals, spying on the meerkats in the secret lookout, children will have hours of fun. With monkeys, snakes, pigs, donkeys, ring tailed lemurs, parrots, rabbits, emu, chipmunks, coati, wallabies and chickens, plus a fun-packed adventure playground with a real tractor and fire engine, it's a great family day out.
Reviewed 17 August 2013

Very disappointed with this visit-the range of animals; the state of the attractions and the cramped cafe gave it the feel of a small provincial zoo, not a central London attraction.

Overpriced by about 75%.

Thank roamerLondon
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Carol H, Owner at Battersea Park Children's Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2013

It is always disappointing to receive a poor review. However we are pleased that you thought we were not a central London attraction - we are a CHILDREN'S zoo not a state of the art celebrity status symbol.
As such we aim to encourage children to respect and understand the beautiful animals that share our planet in a peaceful, not high profile, setting. The animals and birds at the zoo are chosen for their size and appeal so not frighten or scare our young visitors.
As I sure you are aware all the animals and birds are on specialised diets and are cared for by a team of experienced keepers. It is not possible to reduce the entrance price and maintain the care and health of the animals.
Unlike bigger zoos we are not a charity and do not receive any funding from the public purse.

We also fund comprehensive education and conservation programmes

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

A surprise visit with family to a small animal zoo, with lots of healthy, happy exhibits. Apart from the obligatory shop, and a small cafe, there were children's swings, a lake with motorised boats, and a stupendous adventure playground using physics to enhance play with sand and water. Archimedes screw, pulleys, and so on, a super place that did not seem to be sponsored by any organisation. You can walk through the park to get there, very pleasant, and after visit the peace pagoda, another amazing find. A very pleasant couple of hours.

Thank poggy11
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

It's a nice small zoo for toddlers. There are not a lot of animals, and you can walk around it in 10 minutes and see them all. Now, with a toddler, you could stretch if over an hour or two, and let them hang around in the playground.
We visited with our sons, aged 9 and 11. We paid 28 pounds for the visit, and frankly, we felt ripped off. I think a fair price would have been half of that, for the four of us. I really do think they should have some sort of system where older children pay less, and accompanying adults get in for free or for a much cheaper rate.
Coffee was priced at 2 pounds, and that was for a cup from a vending machine. Too much, IMO, considering how much we paid to get inside.
Again, other than the price, it was really ok. It was clean, not too crowded (on a Saturday), and the animals looked well taken care of.

5  Thank israelimom_org
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Carol H, Owner at Battersea Park Children's Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2013

Thank you for your recent review.
We do have more than 150 animals, birds and reptiles at the zoo from over 50 different species including meerkats, squirrel monkeys, capuchins, lemurs, otters, tamarins - both Emperor and Cotton top. donkeys, pony etc etc.

The entrance fee reflects the cost of all the specialised diets and numbers of keepers required to care for them - as you said "they look well taken care of ".

The adventure playground is well used by all children not just toddlers and indeed many adults in particular the huge spider nets and fire engine.

Most of our visitors enjoy their time with us but again thank you for your views and we will keep in mind your comments.

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Reviewed 3 May 2013

My granddaughter loves going and it's a day out for us. My son is coming to London with his family this weekend and we are going. We went to London zoo two weeks ago and found it very expenses and nothing for the kids to do. If the children come out happy then it's worth every penny

Thank 666,666,665
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

I'm not a fan of seeing animals caged. The zoo is small but the animals appear well cared for. However, the star attraction with our toddlers was the play area which has a sand and water section. Kept them amused for hours. Easy walking with a buggy etc. There is an entry fee so it would get expensive (keeps the crowds out) if you went there a lot but there is a 'season ticket' I believe.

Thank frednuff
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